"Academic researchers have improved wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude - not by adding base stations, tapping more spectrum, or cranking up transmitter wattage, but by using algebra to eliminate the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets of data."
By increasing their available bandwidth—the amount of data that can be relayed in a given period of time - Medard and students were able to watch blip-free YouTube videos while some other passengers struggled to get online. "They were asking us 'How did you do that?' and we said 'We're engineers!' " she jokes.